The Bible Doesn’t Like Female Preachers
Today we are looking at the April Comment winners. One of those winners was someone who is very mad about female preachers. He doesn’t think that women should be preachers. He thinks this is biblical because of some biblical doctrine that should have died out a long time ago. This entire sentiment was interpolated and forged into the theology sometime in the 3rd or 4th century.
What does the Bible Say?
This sentiment that women shouldn’t be preachers comes from 1 Timothy. 1 Timothy is most definitely not written by Paul, the author of most of the New Testament. This is considered a forged epistle along with 2 Timothy and Titus. These are known as the Pastoral Epistles. Of course, many defend these epistles as being authentic but Bart Ehrman thoroughly disproves this notion in his Forgery and Counter forgery book.
Here is what 1 Timothy 2:12:
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.
Like I said earlier, this is a forgery and was made to inject the author’s misogyny into the theology. Another verse is 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 but this also is very contentious. Here is what it says:
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
This particular verse has been shown to be a later interpolation. Basically, scribes in the Vaticanus text denoted this as an addition. The Vaticanus text is one of the earliest surviving versions of the Bible. The fact that even scribes in 325 AD knew this was an interpolation shows how misogynistic anyone using this verse really is.